Colorado pulls scholarship offer to Sherry

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Nick Sherry, who led Casa Grande to the North Coast Section Division 2 semifinals, was at a friend’s house Saturday night playing video games.

Casa Grande quarterback Nick Sherry completed 190 of 310 passes (61 percent) for 2,623 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions this season in helping lead the Gauchos to an 11-2 record. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

The Casa quarterback was supposed to be unwinding. Instead he got a phone call that unwound his plans for the next four years.

It was Jon Embree, the new head football coach at the University of Colorado, telling Sherry the school was rescinding its offer of a scholarship. Ever since Nov. 10, when Colorado fired Jon Hawkins, the man who recruited him, Sherry had mentally tried to prepare himself for this possibility. But the suddenness of Embree’s blunt delivery hit him like a Petaluma linebacker.

“At that moment, it caught me off-guard,” Sherry said by phone Wednesday. “It shook my world a little. I had been in that fantasy world of going to Colorado. But after a couple days, I got my shoes back on and went to work.”

As Nick’s mother, Nancy, put it: “We felt like the wedding had been called off.”

Nancy Sherry should know. She’s a wedding photographer.

Fortunately for Nick Sherry, he stands 6-foot-5, weighs 220 pounds, moves well in the pocket and completed better than 61 percent of his passes as a senior. He will have other options. UNLV has offered him a scholarship, and Idaho seems poised to make an offer, too. He also has received interest from Tennessee, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Arkansas, Wisconsin, San Jose State, UTEP, Arizona and Washington.

The problem is that some of those schools, assuming Sherry was on his way to becoming a Colorado Buffalo, filled roster spots with other quarterbacks.

Sherry and his parents visited Boulder in June and fell in love with the CU campus. The QB returned in the fall for his only official campus visit. He is permitted four more college visits, which he plans to take in January, and is in no frantic rush to commit.

Famed passing coach Roger Theder, who has been working with Sherry, told him he may not know where he’s headed until the day before he signs.

“I’ll make sure I make the right decision,” Sherry said. “I don’t want the same thing to happen that happened with Colorado. I’ll take my time and make the wise choice.”

The Daily Camera of Boulder, Colo., reported that Embree also rescinded an offer to another athlete, Texas running back Kenny Farrow, and told a potential transfer — Vlad Emilien, formerly of Michigan — that his services would not be required.

Sherry completed 190 of 310 passes for 2,623 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior, with just six interceptions. He led the Gauchos to an 11-2 record and the Division 2 semifinals — where they fell, 26-21, to eventual champion Concord.

You can reach Staff Writer Phil Barber at 521-5263 or phil.barber@pressdemocrat.com.